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29 Mile Road Bridge

29 Mile Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Courtesy Michigan Department of Transportation

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
29 Mile Road Over Devils Creek
Location
Rural: Menominee County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
24 Feet (7.3 Meters)
Structure Length
26 Feet (7.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
55301C00008B010

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This bridge's owner has applied for 2013 Local Bridge Program demolition and replacement funding!

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This bridge is an extremely small arch bridge. Despite this, the bridge is still a very beautiful structure. The small size gives the arch different proportions not experienced with larger bridges. Further the excellent historic integrity that includes original railings greatly adds to the aesthetic values of the bridge.

It is unknown who built this bridge. The design and simple aesthetic detailing of the railings is similar to designs used by the Luten Bridge Company and the Illinois Bridge Company. The Illinois Bridge Company was prolific in Michigan, but most examples are in southern Michigan. Illinois Bridge Company and Luten Bridge Company sometimes would both be involved with an arch bridge, with Luten doing the design and Illinois Bridge doing the construction.

The county wants to demolish and replace this bridge with an ugly modern bridge. However, this bridge could instead be rehabilitated, possibly for less or similar cost as replacement, which would also preserve this attractive bridge. The ADT on the road is only 86, which means that the replacement bridge would likely only be a one lane bridge. This means that the existing one-lane bridge is functionally sufficient, and that wide and heavy trucks and such do not need to use the road. As such, the only thing replacement will do is destroy heritage and waste money. Instead, repairs should be made to the existing abutments which have some delamination and scour issues. Based on the decent NBI ratings for the deck and superstructure, only minor repairs would be needed to those areas.

Above: Aerial view of bridge, September 10, 2020. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Doug Heim, Angelcopter, LLC

Above: Aerial view of bridge, September 10, 2020. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Doug Heim, Angelcopter, LLC

Above: Aerial view of bridge, September 10, 2020. Click for enlargement. Photo Credit: Doug Heim, Angelcopter, LLC

 

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Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.

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